Stop shrinking so that other people feel better about themselves.
"Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do.” - From one of my favourite movies, Coach Carter.
In a recent podcast I spoke about the dilemma of sharing success with family or friends (or strangers, or followers).
Have you been there?
You can quickly judge a person by how they react to sharing your success with them - and for many years I shrank and ceased to share accomplishments or success in fear of making other people feel insecure.
In cases, it can go a step further... we can avoid achieving that success entirely to surrender to the opinions of other people.
At let me be clear, there is a fine line between humbly sharing success and bragging.
I myself used to "fly under the radar" with regards to personal pursuits; not speaking about them in person, avoiding them in conversations...
But in recent weeks I finally overcame this hurdle however, after 23 years on this earth.
I realised that the only person suffering was me, which is irrational.
People will have opinions regardless of what you do, and they will continue to project how they feel about themselves onto those around them.
That will never change.
Today is the day that you stop caring about what other people think.
The day you become proud of your accomplishments, and share them with people impartially - expecting nothing in return.
Because you're not doing it for them, you're doing it for you.